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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Wonderful beach, absolutely fabulous for young children due to it being safe with fun waves. Right on the doorstep of the Club Med and despite being public feels safe and part of the resort.
The rooms are fine but problems with La Carevelle exist:

Mini Club needs to put more effort into providing a variety of entertainment for the kids throughout the day. The staff are kind, but an element of laziness appears to be creeping in. The shows are very lame compared to other Club Meds. The communication with parents is poor and we never knew when the children would be in a play, or what time they would be doing certain activities, or telling us what the children needed for the activities planned.

The quality of the food was good, but it became quite monotonous with only slight variety each day.

The bar was hopelessly understaffed meaning very long waits to be served.

A big problem was the noise. The GO loved setting up amplifiers and blasting music and quiz shows in the club and at the beach at huge volume at all times of day. Some peopled enjoyed this, but most would grimace and gather their things to move a distance away everytime the sound was cranked up.

Its not a bad club, and is in a great location, but Improvement is required. We had a great time however and the Chef du Village was excellent and ever present ensuring his guests were having a good time.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Barnessw
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

Spent 12/7 to 12/14 at La Caravelle.

Cons:
Language - Everything is in French
Not understanding and being an American we were lost, missed so much!! Do not go to La Caravelle if you do not understand French. Americans do not seem to be welcomed. Most of the guests were from France and most did not speak English. I asked if the GOs could use English, especially when introducing shows and other events. They said they would but never really did make an attempt. No wonder only about 14 Americans were there! Some GOs did attempt to speak English one-on-one, but some GOs (especially females at reception) were actually rude and were not happy about having to speak English, some didn't know English at all. Did meet some nice guests who translated for us!

Accommodations: Awful - Do not take rooms in Basse-Terre: room smelled like mildew and there was mold in the bathroom. Mentioned this many times and their answer was to spray the room this awful smelling stuff. They also changed the filter in the AC, but none of this helped. They actually painted over the mold in the bathroom on our last day!!

Food: OK - could have had more fresh fruit, hoping for papaya and mango, but I guess not in season.

Pros: Beach

Would not go back. If you are an American do not go here, got the feeling they didn't like Americans much.

Room Tip: Do not choose Basse-Terre - room awful, smelled like mildew and mold in bathroom.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank KnitOne
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

I only spend one day at La Caravelle before heading back to Europe but had a very nice time there. The beach is really beautiful - as you imagine the Caribbean. Although it's a public beach, you never feel unsafe. Lots of activities: sailing, aérobics, circus, etc. The buffets at La Caravelle are delicious. The CDV, Mathias Maria, is really everywhere and his GO team is friendly, super efficient and helpful. There is a nice boutique with a lot of choice. Some of the buildings hosting the rooms may look "ugly" from the outside but don't stay on a "1st bad impression". I would definitely recommend this Club Med, especially for families with children as the facilities for kids are very well organized.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Thank ChrisS74
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

We went to Club Med 09/11/2013 - 16/11/2013. Everything, absolutely everything was perfect. Our kids, 10 and 8 years had a blast... They didn't want to come back. We went to few places (Beaches in Turks and Caicos and in Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Cuba,Tahiti) and this is our best vacation!!!

The weather was perfect. The Club Med offers a lot of activities, excursions and shows (every night). The food was delicious (only 1 buffet, 1 restaurant, but the menu was different every day).
The GO's are amazing and very nice beside manners. I would like to thanks Saida, Eddine and Fabrice (Decouverte), Karima (Sport), Nabil and Nicholas (they were so funny), the GO of the AquaGym and special thanks to Guillaume at the reception desk (we forgot my son's special box and he was there for us to send FEDEX). And of course Thank you Mathias (Chief of the village) and PJ. Both of them have an incredible energy.

We would definitely go back...

Je vous remercie infiniment... Grace à toutes cette equipe, nous avons passé d'incroyables vacances.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Naima_Boukouiss
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Reviewed 13 November 2013 via mobile

With 2 boys , 11 and 13, the task of keeping them busy and happy felt challenging.
Between windsurfing, kitesurfing, archery, swimming and scuba diving, tasting the delicious creole food, there was never a dull moment. The staff were friendly and efficient. The tour to the Cousteau reserve was disappointing. The spa is actually just a massage center.
We'd like to extend a very special recommendation and thanks to Hervé at the Noa diving center who patiently and kindly initiated our 11 yr old to the great joys of scuba diving through the Padi scuba certification .

Stayed: November 2013
2  Thank Lisa D
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